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campanella
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Upgrade Wireless Adapter for Thinkpad X230 Tablet

Hi everyone:

I am considering to upgrade my wireless adapter for my laptop. Currently I am using Thinkpad X230 Tablet with Intel Centrino Wireless N 2200. My laptop has bluetooth. I have questions:

1. Does the bluetooth come with my wireless adapter? I mean that If I upgrade my wireless card, do I have to buy a card with wifi and bluetooth?

 

2. I am considering to upgrade to Intel 62205 AN. This is the link

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=INT-62205&show=p

 

Is that worth to upgrade? (functionality, price, ...)  Is the product compatible with my current Thinkpad X230T? 

 

3. Can I install 2 cards and run silmultanerously Smiley Happy. It sounds greedy but I know a software, named "connectify"; it allows laptop to connect many networks silmutanerously, for example: 4G, Lan, wifi. 

 

4. I see some people mention about Intel Ultimate 6300. What additional functionalities do I get compared to 62205  or Intel 2200?

 

Thank you. 

lead_org Microsoft MVP Contributor
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Re: Upgrade Wireless Adapter for Thinkpad X230 Tablet

1. Bluetooth and wireless cards are separate on the ThinkPad X220, X220t, X230, and X230s.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lead_org/8276508687/in/set-72157632027350468

2. You would need an Intel 6205 card with Lenovo FRU number on it, generic one won't work.

2200 only operates in the 2.4 ghz bandwidth, while the 6205 can operate in both 2.4 and 5 ghz bandwidth. So the question is does your router have 5 ghz bandwidth and support MIMO?

3. No you can't. The WWAN/mSATA slot would give an error message saying an unauthorized card is installed (1801 error).

4. 6300 card has 3 x 3 setup and operates in 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz range. Max speed of 450 mpbs

6205 has 2 x 2 setup, 2.4/5 ghz range, and max speed of 300 mbps.

2200 has 2 x 2 setup, but operates in the 2.4 ghz range and max speed of 300 mbps.
Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
campanella
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Re: Upgrade Wireless Adapter for Thinkpad X230 Tablet

Thank you for your response.

 

You said that the laptop would report error if I installed an unauthorized network card. So, can I use two network cards if I install two Lenovo approved cards?

Thank you.

 

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Re: Upgrade Wireless Adapter for Thinkpad X230 Tablet

in the WWAN/mSATA slot it can't accept a wifi card even if it is from Lenovo, it would have a bios whitelist for the compatible WWAN card only (mSATA card doesn't go BIOS whitelist check). I have tried it myself already.
Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
cwby44
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Re: Upgrade Wireless Adapter for Thinkpad X230 Tablet

How do you know if you have a wireless card?  I ordered the x230t 3435-2tu which I swore I read came with one but I can't find anything on the computer.  I thought that the black bar looking thing on top of the screen was an antenna but I could be wrong.  I really don't want to have to plug in a stick again if possible.

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